Less than half of bushfire recovery funds allocated says new report


Less than half of the federal government's $2.74 billion bushfire recovery funds have been allocated, research shows.

The report, three months in the making, titled 'Smokescreen' and funded by political  group GetUp and produced by Per Capita, queries the allocation of bushfire recovery funds across Australia.

It showed that of the $2.74 billion funding announced, about 48 per cent had been delivered.

Considering the level of national importance these funds hold, GetUp believes government transparency is lacking.

It also alleges there are multiple accounts of federal government ministers misrepresenting the scale of the funding and the speed of delivery.

NSW received 77 per cent of one section of the funding, titled Local Economic Recovery. The report found 76 per cent of that has gone to coalition seats and one per cent to NSW Labor seats.